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Japan in L.A.
Laura Eckstein | Photo: Courtesy of Katana | May 8, 2014
With a slew of Japanese events, experiences and shops seasoning the city, it's possible to get a taste of the Far East without stepping foot out of Los Angeles.
1. Japan Film Festival Los Angeles
Dedicated to strengthening the understanding of contemporary Japanese culture in the United States, JFFLA will screen several cutting edge, original films for the festival’s 10th anniversary. May 10, The New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.938.4038
Santa Monica residents, rejoice! Muji’s second L.A. location—the first opened in late 2013 on Hollywood Boulevard—is set to open in late spring. The approximately 6,300-square-foot store will delight legions of fans with its beautifully minimalist household items and apparel. 2936 Main St., Santa Monica
3. Red Sun BBQ
Katana will kick-start the summer season on May 25 with its annual Red Sun BBQ. Through Labor Day weekend, the weekly Sunday night event features samplings of the restaurant’s signature cocktails and menu items (including its famous Robata) all set on the patio to the sounds of a resident DJ. 8439 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585
4. Japanese Garden at The Huntington
Dating back to 1912, the most popular spot at The Huntington offers a picture-perfect place to spend an afternoon strolling over koi-filled ponds and relaxing amongst bonsai trees. Docent-guided tours of the ceremonial tea house and surrounding tea garden are available monthly. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100
5. Inphenom Treatment
Step into Sally Hershberger’s airy salon for this five-step Japanese treatment that conditions dry, frizzy hair from the inside out by repairing the hair’s cortex and cuticle. Relax with a latte and take in the expansive view of the Hollywood hills while a stylist works in the magic. $85, 760 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.854.4922